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Classical Classroom

Classical Classroom, Episode 70: Piano Vs. Orchestra, With Jon Kimura Parker

A behind-the-scenes look at what it means to be a guest soloist with an orchestra.


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Jon Kimura Parker
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Jon Kimura Parker. Credit: Tara McMullen

Pianist, Shepherd School of Music professor, and recording artist Jon Kimura Parker – or as we like to call him, Captain Jon Solo – talks about the hidden world of the guest soloist. From the singular experience of performing with an orchestra in one ear and a concert hall in the other, to rehearsal times that will give you stage fright just hearing about them, it's a behind-the-scenes tell-all exposé of concertic proportions. (That's a word. We swear.)

Music in this episode was recorded live with Jon Kimura Parker in the Geary Performance Studio at Houston Public Media except for:

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 C-Dur, op. 15 played by Martha Argerich and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • P.D.Q. Bach: Concerto for Two Pianos vs. Orchestra, S. 2 are better than one (P.D.Q. Bach).

Audio production by Todd "The Tobogganator" Hulslander with a running start by Dacia Clay.